By the time this appears, Democratic big shots may already have
picked the party's new candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor, again
denying voters their choice.
You'll recall that Democrats blocked any effort to fill the U.S.
Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama by a special referendum.
Their pigheaded refusal to allow the election is what led to ex-Gov. Rod
Blagojevich's laughable appointment of Roland Burris to the seat.
Stunned by Scott Lee Cohen's victory as the party's nominee for
lieutenant governor, party leaders decided something had to be done to
correct the voters' stupidity. Gov. Pat Quinn, state party chairman and
House Speaker Michael Madigan, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill) and other
party leaders forced Cohen off the ticket and now are hunting for a new
nominee to install--without rank and file approval
Apparently, the voters' second choice for lieutenant governor isn't
good enough. That would be state Rep. Art Turner, of Chicago, endoresed
for the post by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. The
Tribune said Turner has "a reputation for hard work and honesty,"
two virtues decidedly lacking in Springfield.
"Turner has earned a reputation as a progressive, honest and
effective legislator over a nearly 30-year career in Springfield. He
represents a district covering the West Side and west suburbs. He knows
politics and policy, successfully advocating for the disadvantaged while
working his way up the Democratic leadership ladder."
So, why isn't he good enough to be the party's lieutenant governor
nominee? Isn't the runner-up supposed to be available in case the winner
somehow can't or won't serve? What do you tell all those voters who
took the newspapers' advice and voted for Turner? Why are they being--as
some might say--disenfranchised?
Did I mention that Turner is black?
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